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The China Center

The China Center is the primary home for activities related to China at the Law School. The cornerstone of these activities is The China Law Center, established in 1999. In recent years, The China Center has expanded its work to issues of U.S.-China relations more generally. 
The China Law Center

The China Law Center is a unique institution dedicated to helping promote China’s legal reforms and increasing understanding of China in the United States. In interaction with research and teaching, the core of the center’s work is designing and carrying out sustained, in-depth cooperative projects between U.S. and Chinese experts on key issues in Chinese law and policy reform, with the goal of having a positive impact on China’s reform process. Cooperative projects have focused particularly on issues of judicial reform, criminal justice reform, administrative and regulatory reform, constitutional law, and public interest law. Projects involve a range of activities, including workshops and seminars in the United States and China, research visits to Yale and to China, and books or articles by Chinese or U.S. scholars. 

U.S. – China Relations

Over the past several years, The China Center has expanded its work to issues of U.S.-China relations. The Center undertakes research on this subject, hosts fellows and speakers, and collaborates with others within Yale University undertaking work on U.S.-China relations. The focal point of recent activities has been a Dialogue on U.S.-China Relations undertaken in partnership with the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy, led on the U.S. side by center director Paul Gewirtz. 

Professor Paul Gewirtz is the Director of The China Center. 
Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law Jamie Horsley is the Executive Director of The China Law Center. 


Supreme Court Justice Breyer and Center Director Gewirtz in China
When U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer told China Center director Paul Gewirtz that he would be in Beijing in late May 2012 for the ceremony awarding the Pritzker Architecture Prize (Breyer is a member of the Pritzker jury that awards the Prize), Professor Gewirtz immediately asked Justice Breyer if he would be willing to do a few events that our China Law Center would organize while he was in Beijing. The Justice agreed and Gewirtz arranged for four events: (1) a speech at Tsinghua University Law School the day the Pritzker jury was holding an event on the Tsinghua University campus; (2) an interview with Caixin Media conducted by its editor in chief, the pioneering Chinese journalist Hu Shuli, with whomThe China Law Center has had a long collaborative relationship; (3) breakfast with Peking University Law School Professor and Vice Dean Wang Xixin, one of the Center’s most important partners and a scholar whose focus on administrative law parallels Justice Breyer’s early academic work as a professor at Harvard Law School; and (4) lunch with U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke.

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Dean of Tsinghua University Law School,
Wang Zhenmin, Director of The China Center, Yale Law School, Professor Paul Gewirtz

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, Vice Dean of Peking University Law School,
Professor Wang Xixin